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Thursday, September 18
September 18, 2008

A well-preserved Viking shield was found near Viking-age castles in Denmark. The shield is made of wood and is thought to have been made in the late tenth century.

Eight sets of human remains buried with pottery, beaded ornaments, and food were found near the Niah Caves in Malaysia. The bones are between 2,000 and 3,000 years old.  

The University of Florida applied to the state legislature last year for money to care for historic buildings in St. Augustine. The state granted $300,000 to the university’s planning project, but none of the $22.5 million slated for the maintenance of historic sites. “The monumental maintenance that comes with maintaining historic properties has become an obstacle for the city,” explained Catherine Culver of St. Augustine’s Department of Heritage Tourism.  

A proposed copper mine in the Tucson, Arizona, area would destroy a Hohokam ball field and a large village, according to archaeologist Gayle Hartmann of the Arizona State Museum.  

Burial services began this week for the more than 300 sets of 2,700-year-old human remains dug up in Port Angeles, Washington, during a bridge project, in 2003. “It’s really hard to express our emotions at this point in time. We are still in mourning,” said Lower Elwha Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles.

A small, rural, Roman cemetery was uncovered in central England.   

An obituary for Bulgarian archaeologist Georgi Kitov appears in the International Herald Tribune.

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Wednesday, September 17
September 17, 2008

Altinum, a Roman city located seven miles north of Venice, has been spotted using satellite imaging. “The hypothesis is that as Altinum also succumbed to the Barbarian invasions, the inhabitants fled farther down the lagoon to build Venice on the islands,” said Paolo Mozzi of the University of Padua.

Excavations at Aslantepe in eastern Turkey have uncovered a settlement from the Early Bronze Age and a building from the Hittite era. “We are trying to find two layers in Aslantepe dating back to Early Bronze Ages, and we have unearthed a part of city walls dating to 2,900 B.C. – 2,800 B.C. This city wall is like an acropolis,” said Marcella Frangipane of La Spienza University.  

The thirteenth-century remains of 14 horses were uncovered in the Russian town of Staraya Russa.  

The bones of a fourth-century Roman suffering from tuberculosis were excavated from a shallow grave at the University of York. “A burial such as this, close to living quarters, is unusual for this period when most burials were in formal cemeteries. It is possible that the man was buried here because the tuberculosis infection was so rare at the time, and people were reluctant to transport the body any distance,” said Cath Neal, an archaeologist with the university.  

In Tamil Nadu, India, modern dwellers are destroying an Iron Age burial site marked with cairn circles, menheirs, and cist-slabs. People who lived at the merchant settlement of Vellaripatti were buried here between 1000 and 500 B.C.  

A 7,000-year-old skeleton was found in Godawaya, Sri Lanka.  

The rebuilt Apple River Fort in Apple River, Illinois, is one of 13 historic sites in the state that will close due to budget cuts. The fort was built with private funding after community members found the archaeological remains of the original fort, where settlers fought a battle of the Black Hawk War of 1832.  

Nicole Kidman will reportedly produce and star in a new archaeological adventure movie called The Eighth Wonder.

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